The popular old fashioned soda fountain and sandwich shop Three-Earred Rabbit in Trussville is opening a new location in downtown Leeds in October.
Owner Christine Leonardi said she chose the location at 8101 Parkway Drive because it has the rustic environment similar to that of the original store in Trussville.
“We’re a hometown store, and we wanted Leeds to be that too,” Leonardi said.
Leeds’ location will have a similar menu of soup, sandwiches, sundaes and cakes and a bakery and expanded catering operation. The bakery will offer food to-go, such as pound cake, chicken salad and pimento cheese. She’s also planning outdoor seating in Leeds.
Leonardi is considering being opened for breakfast on Thursdays and Fridays and for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
The only night hours are Fridays, when she hosts her traditional Italian night with recipes she brought to Alabama from her Italian-American family in New Jersey. Leonardi actually moved to Trussville from New Jersey to buy the Three Earred Rabbit when it went on the market in 2014. She fell in love with the restaurant when she visited her brother in Trussville for many years and saw the sale as an opportunity to move to Alabama.
So why open a second location in Leeds? Leonardi said she saw an opportunity in the community near Trussville because there is little competition for restaurants that offer similar items.
“The previous owner considered expanding to Leeds and my customers in Trussville have been begging me to open in Leeds,” she said. “Leeds is an up-and-coming community.”
So far, Leonardi said she’s received a warm reception from Leeds and Moody residents who are anxious for Three Earred Rabbit to open in their area.
“It’s been humbling to have so many people say how excited they are that we’re coming.”
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